Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Green's novel tackles a difficult subject - cancer in young adults. We get to meet Hazel, a terminally ill teenager that takes classes at a local college when she is feeling well enough and despite her lack of desire, attends a support group with other teens battling the disease in one form or another. It is at this support group that she meets Augustus, a teenager in remission. The two are unique in their attitudes in life and in their battles, and they instantly hit it off, becoming fast friends and beyond. Much of the story also focuses on Hazel's love for a specific book, a story that essentially encompasses her worst fears and anxieties in a completely empathetic way. The triangle that the two teens create along with the book and its author captures the struggles, both ordinary for their age and extraordinary for their situations.
Throughout this speed read, I found myself laughing and crying. It was a truly moving story that shed light on the life of the young ones battling what can be a debilitating and deadly disease. However, I would be lying if I said that The Fault in Our Stars blew me away. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it, but felt it fell short of the expectations generated from all the hype surrounding it. I'm not even sure I want to see the movie.
Do you rant or rave about The Fault in Our Stars? What books have you found to fall short of the hyped-up expectations?